Lock Up And Drive Sober With The Breathalyzer Bike Lock

bike-lock-breathalyzer. Photo from Alcoho-lockDid you know you could be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) on any type of vehicle including all types of transportation from golf carts to bicycles? The police have stopped their fair share of drunk golf cart riders, and now a bike shop in Japan is trying to prevent drunk biking.

Koowho, a specialty bike shop in Japan, is trying to cut down on drunk biking by developing the Alcoho-Lock. It’s a bike lock that attaches to your bicycle and requires that you blow the legal limit before it will unlock. It gets even smarter—because it is connected to your smartphone, your Alcoho-lock will actually contact your friends or family for you, just in case someone wants to come and pick up your bike because you’re too drunk to ride it.

Being drunk and riding a bicycle might not sound like that big of a deal, but the implications of a crash could mean life or death for the bike rider. Imagine if you blew through a stop sign on your bike because you were too drunk to notice one was there. Or if you drove straight into traffic? Not only could you kill yourself, but you could cause a crash that will kill others too.

With a battery life of 40 breathalyzer tests before you have to recharge it, the Alcoho-lock has the potential to be a great two-in-one device to stop you from drunk driving on your bike and keep your bike safe when you’re not riding it. A lot of people are commuters and this may be what they need to stop them from making the decision to get on their bike and trying to ride home, and having to submit to a breath test to ride their bike may even make them think twice about getting behind the wheel of their car and driving home after drinking.

Image from Alcoho-lock.

This Week In Crazy DUI Stories: Drunk And Hiding Out On The Barn Roof

dui-pennsylvania-naked-barn-roofThere are a lot of known side effects to drinking alcohol. It can affect your hand/eye coordination, your vision, and even your good judgement, and if you drink enough of it, you could end up in a situation that will have you wondering ‘what was I thinking?’ for the rest of your life. For one Pennsylvania man who was found hanging out on a roof of a barn, that’s exactly what happened.

Daquan Tate was driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, and he lost control and crashed into a speed limit sign and a roadside mailbox. That didn’t stop him though, because he kept driving until he hit an embankment and allegedly decided to ditch his car and flee the scene of his crash.

Police were on their way and looking for the offender, and when they found him he was perched on the roof a barn. If that’s not enough, the man was also completely naked, and he soon after he fell off.

Depending on whether or not he has a previous Pennsylvania DUI on record, the penalties Tate will face vary. Pennsylvania is a state with penalty tiers, so depending on what his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was at the time of arrest, he’ll be charged on BAC levels of .08, .10 to .159, or .16 or higher.

As a first offender with .08 – .99 BAC, he’ll only be fined $300 and receive six months probation. If his BAC was between .10 and .159, he’ll receive anywhere from 2 days to six months in prison, $500 to $5,000 in fines, and a 12 month drivers license suspension. If he refused the breathalyzer test and he’s a first offender, he’ll also be required to install an ignition interlock in his vehicle.

This case is a classic example of not thinking while you’ve been drinking, and it’s a really good example of why people should never pick up the keys after they’ve had a glass or two of alcohol. If this man can end up naked on a barn after crashing his vehicle multiple times, what could happen to you if you drink and drive?

Convicted of A North Dakota DUI, 20 Years Later

breathalyzerThink a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction can’t haunt you for life? Think again—one man in Grand Forks, North Dakota can tell you otherwise. Now that he’s been charged for a DUI from 1995, he’s finally finding out what it’s like to be held responsible for drinking and driving.

On March 13th, 1995 Jason William Gale was arrested for driving under the influence after driving in a bike lane and swerving on the road. The officer who stopped him administered 4 field sobriety tests which he did not do well on, and once he was taken into custody he was given a breathalyzer.

Gale hired an attorney who filed paperwork, assured him the case was closed, and life went on. He thought the DUI charge was dealt with, so he moved around and did various jobs before he found out after a background check that he had an arrest warrant outstanding.

When he hired another lawyer to deal with the matter, he was surprised to learn that he was going to be tried for misdemeanor DUI in North Dakota. During the trial the prosecution highlighted the incidents that took place in 1995, while the defense argued that a lot of details were inadmissible or forgotten over time.

At the end of the trial, Gale was found guilty of driving under the influence and issued a $500 fine with no jail time or probation. He also must submit to a chemical dependency evaluation. The defense has said an appeal is pending.

Gale is fortunate he wasn’t held to 2015 standards for his DUI. If he was, he’d be looking at least 2 days in jail if his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was over 0.16, a $500 fine, and a 91 day driver’s license suspension. The judge may also order an ignition interlock device for a first offender.

Gale got off relatively easy, but North Dakota drivers who decide to drink before they get behind the wheel do not. Your best bet for not having a DUI conviction haunt you for the rest of your life is to never drink and drive.

It Was The Opossum, Not The Drinking And Driving

Sometimes when you’re driving along and concentrating on your driving, things can happen that will make your heart pound faster for a minute or two. It could be something like another driver swerving into your lane or someone suddenly slamming on their brakes. No matter what it is, as long as you’re in control of your vehicle you should be able to recover and drive safely on.

But when you’re drinking and driving, you can’t recover as quickly. Drinking alcohol affects your coordination, reflexes, and vision, so if something jumps out at you unexpectedly, you might not be able to regain control of your vehicle.

OpossumThat’s what happened to a man who crashed in San Antonio, Texas recently, and he actually blamed the cause of his crash on an opossum jumping out and scaring him. He plowed his vehicle straight into a parked car, then drove into a yard and crashed into a closed garage door.

When officers arrived at the scene of the crash, they discovered alcohol in the driver’s vehicle, and although he shared the story of how he swerved to avoid the sudden appearance of the opossum, it didn’t wash with the local law enforcement—he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and will now face charges.

It’s a bad time to be a DWI offender in Texas. Fines run as high as $2,000 for first time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) under .14, and can go as high as $4,000 if you’re BAC is over .15. You can also receive up to 180 days in jail and will lose your driver’s license for up to one year.

The only light at the end of the tunnel for DWI offenders is that the state recently passed House Bill 2246, offering first-time offenders the option of installing an ignition interlock device so they can obtain a restricted driver’s license. With a restricted license, they’ll be able to drive normally as long as they don’t try to drink and drive.

Maybe the driver really believes the opossum caused him to lose control of his vehicle, but if he wasn’t drinking and driving, the odds are good that he’d have been able to recover and drive home safely.

Teen Sets Up A DUI Checkpoint, Lands Himself In Hot Water

DUI-checkpointThere are a lot of crazy driving under the influence (DUI) stories out there, from people getting stopped for drinking and driving on tractors, snowmobiles, or golf carts to a grandmother arrested for DUI while wearing a bikini.

But one crazy DUI story really takes the ‘crazy’ part to the next level—a 19 year old teen in Somerset, Pennsylvania decided he was going to do his own DUI spot checks and he set up a drunk driving checkpoint on the side of a road at 4 am. Armed with road flares, a BB gun, handcuffs and a scanner, he was stopping drivers to check them for DUI. The really ironic thing is that he was drunk himself at the time. When real police officers arrived on the scene, they found the teen with blood shot eyes and slurred speech.

Trying to assist the police with road checks clearly doesn’t pay because he was arrested and has received 11 charges against him including driving under the influence, possession of an instrument of crime, impersonating a public servant, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness. Because he couldn’t make bond, he’s waiting in jail for his preliminary hearing.

In Pennsylvania, new DUI laws may require minors to be subject to DUI penalties reserved for those with high blood alcohol concentrations (BAC), so the young man performing his own road check may receive a 12 month driver’s license suspension, 48 hours up to 6 months in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, and if ordered, a treatment program. He may also be eligible for the ignition interlock program at the discretion of the judge.

The moral of this crazy DUI story: leave the checkpoints to the police and if you’re so drunk that impersonating an officer seems like a good idea, call a cab to get home.

This Officer Got A Thank You For DUI Arrest

woman-says-thank-you-for-duiWith so many stories published every day about tragic alcohol-related crashes and driving under the influence (DUI) arrests, it’s nice to see something published about something good that can come out of a DUI arrest.

When Mariya Fair was arrested for DUI, she felt like her life was over. After suffering from severe depression and drug addiction, she made the decision to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve last year. She was fortunate no one was injured when she crashed into two cars, but she was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

What changed her life wasn’t just being stopped for DUI—it was what the officer said to her after he had arrested her. When he saw she had needle marks up and down her arms, he commented that she was too young to be so messed up, and maybe this might be a good time to get her life in order.

They were simple words, but for Fair they stuck. She used her DUI arrest as motivation to accept her penalties and get her life back on the straight and narrow. Although her specific penalties aren’t known, most California first time DUI offenders are found guilty of a misdemeanor and serve a minimum of 4 days in prison, pay fines up to $2,600, lose their driver’s license for at least 30 days, and may be required to install an ignition interlock device at the direction of the judge.

Some offenders spend the time after arrest cursing the officer who arrested them, while others work through their penalties and promptly get behind the wheel and drive drunk again. In the case of Mariya Fair, she choose to say thank you instead, and when she met her arresting officer again, she gave him a big hug.

Most DUI stories definitely don’t end like this one, but wouldn’t it be nice if they did?

This Week In Crazy DUI Stories

ignition interlock Everyone knows you shouldn’t drink and drive, but people still get behind the wheel after one or more drinks every single day. If the drinking driver is fortunate enough to avoid crashing and injuring or killing someone, they will be arrested by police in a routine procedure that involves pulling the suspect over, performing a breathalyzer test, and arresting the suspect for driving under the influence (DUI). But some DUI arrests are anything but routine – they’re so crazy you can hardly believe what you’re reading. Here are a just a few crazy DUI stories from this past week.

Will she still get her own reality show?

21-year-old Alisha Jasmine Hessler was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Tampa, Florida recently, and although she had blown .180 on a breathalyzer, that wasn’t enough to make headlines.

What was unique about this case was that Hessler is widely known on the Internet for being the 3-breasted woman. She told various media outlets last year that she had a third breast implanted in an attempt to get a reality show, but it turned out to be a prosthetic. Although her claim to fame was based on a fake breast, her DUI arrest is the real deal. According to Florida DUI law, she’s looking at up to six months in jail and the possibility of an ignition interlock.

He’s on the road to nowhere

When Jerry Mitchell of Brooklyn, New York was spotted driving erratically on a highway, he led the police on a chase, but it wasn’t the high-speed chase the police are used to. Mitchell was driving a street-sweeping vehicle, and he tried to flee police by driving 35 mph. His BAC was twice the legal limit of .08 and he’s s6ince been charged with aggravated DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation.

Potato chips don’t work as a substitute driver’s license

A Florida woman was sipping vodka while she sat behind the wheel of her parked vehicle, and when a police officer walked up and began questioning her, she continued to drink in front of him. When asked for her license and registration, she promptly handed him a bag of potato chips and a bottle of water. She was arrested for DUI even though she was parked, and because her BAC was twice the legal limit she could receive up to 9 months in jail and the possibility of an ignition interlock device.

It’s easy to get into hot water when you drink and drive, and these crazy DUI stories show that. You can avoid being the star of your own crazy DUI story by always choosing a sober driver or call a cab if you’ve been drinking.

Crazy Drunk Driving Stories:
Holiday Edition

Image from: http://classicrock945.ca/Christmas has come and gone once again, and during that time thousands of people across the country have been arrested for drunk driving. While most people will be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) after being stopped at a road check or pulled over by police, the road to DUI penalties like jail time, fines, and an ignition interlock is a little different for a select few.

Take this New Jersey man as an example – he was arrested for driving under the influence after he was found passed out in his car right before Christmas. Although he was confused about where he was and had an open can of alcohol, the strangest thing about this arrest was that he was wearing an Elf on the Shelf costume complete with red shirt, pants, and a ruffled collar.

Image from http://www.adweek.com/The Elf on the Shelf is extremely popular with children this time of year, but this particular Elf wasn’t popular with police. He was issued a summons for DUI and will face fines, driver’s license suspension, and will have to drive with an ignition interlock.

This one might not be a drunk driving arrest, but it’s a strong warning for anyone who might want to drink and drive in South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety created a holiday themed print ad where they spun the classic ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ story with a scraggly ‘Party Santa’ and a strong message – don’t drink and drive over the holidays. If you do drink and drive in South Dakota, you’ll receive up to one year in jail, fines up to $1,000, and a mandatory ignition interlock on any car you drive.

No one wants to kick off the New Year with a drinking and driving conviction and an ignition interlock program for a year or more. Make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to stay safe and never get behind the wheel after drinking.

Drinking And Driving On A Segway?

segwayWhen Segways first appeared in 2001, they were labeled the transportation of the future. Gliding silently over sidewalks and pathways, Segways were designed to get you where you needed to go faster than walking. Tourists all over the United States use them for city explorations, and law enforcement use them to patrol large city blocks.

But in Norway, Segways were banned up until July 1st, 2014. The vehicles were considered mopeds in the country because they had a top speed of 20 km or 12 miles per hour, and that means anyone driving them would have had to have a driver’s license, vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, and be required to wear a helmet while riding. The ban was lifted in the hopes of improving the flow of traffic in busy areas.

Unfortunately, almost as soon as the ban was lifted, Norway had the distinction of having the first man arrested for drinking and driving on a Segway. After witnesses noticed he was acting strangely and was struggling to keep his balance on the vehicle, police arrested him on suspicion of drinking and driving. They are currently waiting on blood alcohol concentration (BAC) results.

Because Segways require a driver’s license in Norway, if convicted, the man will be held accountable to Norway’s strict driving under the influence (DUI) laws. The punishment will depend on what his BAC is, but if it’s as high as .10 he’ll pay fines, serve a mandatory jail or hard labor sentence, and have a suspended license. Norway also has a payment structure based on wage – if your blood alcohol level is more than 0.05%, the fine will be based on 1.5 months of your current wage.

Drunken Segway riding is only one of the weird ways people have been arrested for drinking and driving. From Barbie cars to ride-on lawn mowers, drinking drivers have learned the hard way you should never get behind the wheel of any motorized vehicle after drinking.

No matter what type of vehicle you drive, think before you drink, and be sure to have a designated driver to get you home safe.

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